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FA to veto UEFA's TV plans

Thu 24th Feb 2011 | Television & Broadcasting

The Football Association have confirmed they would veto any deal that would see television rights for some England games sold collectively by UEFA if it meant their broadcast revenue being slashed.

According to football365, the FA are in negotiations with European football's governing body, who want to centralise the awarding of such rights for European Championship - and possibly World Cup - qualifiers.

If UEFA are successful it could result in reduced cashflow for the FA, who are insisting upon being compensated for any shortfall.

However, the FA have played down reports that it could be as much as £100million but the black hole is significant enough for them to dig their heels in over the matter.

"The FA will not sign or agree to any deal that results in a reduction in broadcast revenue," a spokesperson said.

The TV rights to England games are currently bundled in with those for the FA Cup and were worth £425million domestically, and a further £150million in overseas contracts, when the FA signed a four-year deal with ITV and Setanta in 2007.

The football associations of Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Holland are also reportedly seeking assurances about compensation for any shortfall they might suffer.

UEFA want all 53 member federations to sign over their broadcast rights in time for the annual congress in Paris next month.

Any such deal would mirror the way in which TV rights are awarded for Champions League and Europa League matches.

UEFA confirmed if their proposal gets the go-ahead, they would undertake a four-year trial, which would include an opt-out at the end of the cycle.

They may also require legal clearance from the European Commission, which has been opposed in principle to the collective selling of rights

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